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Sunday, January 25, 2015

JazzDave Bass, NYC Sessions (Whaling City Sound) It helps to have friends, that’s for sure. Pianist Dave Bass was on his way to a life in music (playing for a then-young Bobby McFerrin, touring... Read More

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Avant-Jazz FusionSchizophronia, Cantorial Recordings Re-Imagined (Blue Thread). How cool a disc is this? Courtesy of New York City avant-rock/jazz guitarist Yoshie Fruchter and his nicely named band S... Read More

Sunday, January 25, 2015

JazzCharles McPherson, “The Journey” (Capri). Haven’t the foggiest idea, frankly, what the title of the first blues on this disc means – “The Decathexis From Youth (... Read More

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Classical“Lux: Music by Tallis, Elgar, Tavener, Allegri, Rachmaninoff and others” by Voces8 (Decca). Well, sure, one has no difficulty whatsoever with the repertoire of a celestial eight... Read More

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Contemporary jazzKenny GBrazilian Nights[Concord]½Back in the day when everyone more or less heard the same music, Kenny G was in the air. Everyone heard “Songbird,... Read More

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ClassicalTogetherJason Vieaux, guitarYolanda Kondonassis, harp[Azica]3.5 starsHarp virtuoso Yolanda Kondonassis, who is coming to the Buffalo Philharmonic Saturday and Sunday to play Mozart, does some... Read More

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JazzJamie CullumInterlude[Blue Note]½Your choice: Jamie Cullum is 1) the British Harry Connick Jr., B) the British Michael Buble or C) the 21st century Mel Torme. Or maybe... Read More

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RockDopapodNever Odd or Even[Dopapod, L.L.C.]3 and ½ starsEight years into its existence, Boston-born Dopapod has finally captured the power of its live show across the expanse of a studio album.... Read More

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Contemporary jazzKenny GBrazilian Nights[Concord]3.5 starsBack in the day when everyone more or less heard the same music, Kenny G was in the air. Everyone heard “Songbird,” and that lai... Read More

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Anonymous 41865[Harmonia Mundi]3.5 starsThe people of 1865, the year the Civil War ended, looked sorrow in the face, and a lot of these 18 songs are frankly dolorous. Many of them, though, also have a... Read More
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